Galway welterweight Kieran Molloy guaranteed Ireland at least a second bronze medal at the Feliks Stamm multi-nations in Poland today.
The Oughterard BC southpaw beat Polish welter Gibaldo Maksymilin in Warsaw to set up Friday’s semi-final with Armenia’s Garnik Papikyan.
Molloy, 24 hours after winning on his Feliks Stamm debut, dominated most of this afternoon’s 69kg clash with Maksymilin. He soaked up some shots for his troubles, but his two and three-punch combinations were the deciding factor against an opponent who was notably keeping his right hand a lot higher after the first round.
Papikyan, a switch hitter, beat James Delaro of the Netherlands in the corresponding bout today.
Casey and Molloy will be in action tomorrow competing for places in Saturday’s bantam and welter finals.
Feliks Stamm Multi-Nations Warsaw, Poland
60kg James McGivern (Ireland) lost to Sofiane Oumiha (France) 0-5
69kg Kieran Molloy (Ireland) beat Jamshid Nasari (Norway) 4-1
91+kg Thomas Carthy (Ireland) lost to Djamili Dini Aboudou (France) 0-5
69kg Kieran Molloy (Ireland) beat Gibaldo Maksymilin (Poland) 5-0
56kg Myles Casey (Ireland) v Jaroslaw Iwanow (Poland)
69kg Kieran Molloy (Ireland) v Garnik Papikyan (Armenia)
56kg Myles Casey (St Francis)
60kg James McGivern (St Georges)
69kg Kieran Molloy (Oughterard)
91+g Thomas Carthy (Glasnevin)
Team manager: Francis Keeling
Coaches: Dimitry Dimitruc and Jimmy Haplin